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Inflatable Boats & Dinghies: A Practical And Economic Choice

Oct 13, 2007
Many people dream of someday buying a boat. Whether the boat will be used for an annual fishing trip or for excursions on the lake every weekend, a boat is a symbol of luxury that appeals to a wide range of the population. What some people don't realize is that inflatable boats offer many of the features of traditional water craft along with a few important advantages all their own.

Economic advantages:

One of the main reasons people are first drawn to inflatable boats is the appealing price tag and the incredible value. In the past, these boats were quite expensive due to the need for exotic materials and hours of labor required. As material and manufacturing technology improved, prices came down and these boats cost a fraction of what a traditionally hulled boat would. Furthermore, as prices dropped the boats became more popular and manufacturers were able to use the economy of scale to reduce their costs even more. Today, as little as a few hundred dollars can make your dream of boat ownership a reality.

The savings don't stop with your purchase. These boats require substantially less maintenance than traditional boats, saving you both time and money. Since you take your boat with you when you are done, you save on additional mooring fees.

Should you decide to sell your boat, maybe upgrading to a larger size, you will be pleased at how inflatable boats retain their resale value.

Stability and safety:

Although price is an important factor for the inflatable boat buyer, any serious boat enthusiast's first concern is the safety of the passengers. You'll be glad to know that inflatable boats are as safe as or safer than traditional craft.

One of the big advantages of inflatable dinghy is their stability. Due to the layout of the buoyancy tubes and the low center of gravity, the boat is almost impossible to capsize and virtually unsinkable. Since the tubes are designed with several sealed compartments, even a severe puncture will not sink this boat. The added buoyancy of the air tubes allows the craft to remain seaworthy even after taking on enough water to sink a traditional craft of the same size.

Other advantages of inflatable boats and dinghies:

When done with their water recreation, owners simply deflate the smaller boats and pack them in the trunk of their cars. Imagine trying that with a traditional rigid hull boat! When not being used, the boats require only a little space in a garage, RV or storage shed rather than the daunting storage area required by a traditional boat.

Some rigid inflatable boats are large enough to require trailers for transport, but even these are as little as a third the weight of a traditional aluminum/ run-about boat of the same size. Like the smaller craft, once deflated they require far less storage space than traditional boats.

Inflatable boats give you economy, safety, and practicality. What more could you want from your water recreation purchase?
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